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Five Ways to Rock New Employee Onboarding

You finally found your next star employee. Your new hire is excited to join the team and get to work. The question is: are you?

An onboarding plan is a sure fire way to make sure that you’re ready for new employees. This formal process of welcoming new hires offers a number of perks:

  • Engages the new employee by setting expectations early and often
  • Ensures initial experiences are similar regardless of position
  • Increases profitability by creating a strong start
  • Improves retention by lowering the risk of an unsuccessful transition

Think of this as your employee onboarding checklist to rock new employee onboarding:

1. Prepare for the first day

Make a great first impression by showing that you’re prepared. Before new employees start:

  • Confirm first day logistics, such as parking, expected arrival time, and dress code
  • Set up workstations, including computers and supplies
  • Have training materials and new employee paperwork ready
  • Assign someone to greet new hires upon arrival

2. Help them get to know the team

Introduce new hires to their team and mentors during the first week. Mentors make onboarding more effective by answering questions and helping new employees get to know the company and their co-workers.

3. Map out a training plan and schedule

Create personalized training schedules that outline tasks to learn and who will teach them. Share the schedules and learning materials with the new hires so that they can prepare for each day. Make sure that trainers block their schedules so that they aren’t distracted with interruptions.

4. Define expectations

Make sure that new hires have a clear understanding of their job duties and expectations. Explain the roles of key team members, how the team works together, and the company’s processes and procedures. Begin assigning tasks early to boost productivity and help new employees quickly make a contribution.

5. Schedule regular check-ins

Above all else, talk with them! As a rule of thumb, check in with new hires every day for the first week and then weekly for the first 90 days to establish open dialogue from the very start.

There you have it! Following this new employee onboarding checklist will help you guide new hires toward productivity and peak performance.